Japanese Movies (Wellington)

(For information about free movie screenings in Auckland/Hamilton, please visit the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland's website.)

Admission is free! Movies are screened free of charge at the Japan Information & Cultural Centre on the last Tuesday and Thursday of each month at 6pm. The dates and titles may change due to unforeseen circumstances so please check back to confirm there have been no changes.

A short video (Japan Video Topics) will be shown from 5.45pm before the feature film begins at 6pm. Admission is free of charge and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Embassy and elevator access will be available from 5.30pm.

Japan Foundation Logo



Monthly Movies
Japan Information and Cultural Centre

L18 The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis St.
5:45pm Thursday, 25 June
5:45pm Tuesday, 30 June


Rating: PG, Genre: Animation, No dialogue spoken.
Original Story and Directed By: GODA Tsuneo

Komaneko’s creator is Tsuneo Goda, of the famous NHK character Domo-kun. Tsuneo Goda firstly made the 5 min animation, “Komaneko – the First Step” to demonstrate stop-motion animation for an exhibition. Well-received by the audience, the film was invited by many international animation festivals and obtained the Excellence Prize (Animation Division) of the Japan Media Arts Festival 2003. Tsuneo Goda then spent 4 years to develop the short film into an one-hour animation, “Komaneko – the Curious Cats”. Screening together with “Komaneko’s Christmas – a Lost Present”, the latest short film of Komaneko.

Komaneko - The Curious Cat
Released: 2006 Running Time: 60 mins
Komaneko spends her days in her attic making films with her handmade dolls, in this puppet animation featuring five short episodes. Komaneko’s pastel hues, kawaii characters and storylines delight both children and adults alike.

Komaneko’s Christmas - A Lost Present
Released: 2009 Running Time: 20 mins
A short stop-motion animation film which is a sequel to KOMANEKO -The Curious Cat- (Komadori Eiga Komaneko). Koma-chan, a kitten who loves working with her hands, is looking forward to seeing her mom and dad at Christmas. However, when an early present arrives, she opens it to find a note from her parents which reads, "We can't come home for Christmas." Her friend, a young inventor boy named Radibo, tries to cheer Koma-chan up with a special plan.

Download flyer

L18 The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis St.
5:45pm Tuesday, 28 July
5:45pm Thursday, 30 July

Sadako's Story Senba-zuru

Rating: PG, Genre: Drama, Japanese with English subtitles.
Director: Seijiro Koyama
Starring: Chieko Baisho

2015 marks 70 years since the atomic bomb (Little Boy) was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Sadako’s story introduces a young girl whom many of you may have heard of as she has become a symbol for the innocent victims of war. This movie is based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki who was only two years old when the bomb exploded less than two kilometres away from her family home. She grew up with no obvious injuries but in 1954 was hospitalised. During her stay in hospital her roomate taught Sadako how to make origami cranes. Believing in the Japanese legend of folding a thousand paper cranes (senba-zuru) Sadako relentlessly continued to make cranes out of whatever paper she could find.

Download flyer

Free admission based on a first-come, first-served basis. To avoid disappointment, please make sure to come early (Lifts are available from 5:30pm).The entrance will be closed if the theatre reaches capacity.  A short Japan video topics DVD will be shown from 5:45pm before the start of the feature film at 6:00pm.


Back to top | Copyright© 2012 Embassy of Japan in New Zealand | Legal Matters | About Accessibility | Privacy Policy